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#FF — Mantra

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Warning: disturbing subject matter that may be triggering for some.

Similar to a rotting tooth’s deep, throbbing pain and no dentist available for a month, George used whiskey to numb his deep, throbbing depression.

Upon leaving, Patti’s eviscerating, “I want a real man.” echoed through his skull no matter how loud he turned up the music.

His therapist made him repeat the mantra at the end of every session:

–Hurt people hurt people.
–Do one kind act each day.
–Remember those who have loved you.

At the roof’s ledge, mantra absorbed, his hurt commanded. Death was a kindness. He would soon be hugging his grandmother.

He jumped.

[100 words]

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a United States-based suicide prevention network of over 160 crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 1-800-273-8255. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

A world wide listing of Global Suicide Hotline Resources is found here.

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the motivating host of Friday Fictioneers.

54 thoughts on “#FF — Mantra

    1. I like your comment, Neil and it gets right at what I wanted to say. Not so much that the mantra drove him to it as much as when someone has their mind made up to do it, it is only the person who has the power to make the choice. Formulas, saying the right thing, etc. are all well and good, but they cannot prevent someone from doing it — or drive them to do it.


    1. Thank you, Sandra. Not original to me. My mentor gave it to me and she learned it from her mentor. Maybe it’s one of those lines that eventually are attributed to “Anonymous.”


  1. At least he was thinking of his grandmother. There is no formula to combat despair. People who are substance abusers are also suicidal in my opinion. What they need, what everyone needs, is a reason to keep going. Our individualist society considers this a weakness, especially for men, to form those reciprocal connections. To work together, rather than against each other. (K)

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  2. The hopeless and helpless feelings of depression are often extremely difficult to overcome. That’s why we should watch each other and especially during this difficult time. A very sad story. Great idea to include the links at the end. Well written, Lisa!

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